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October 26, 2022

Mount Vernon Woman Killed By Falling Tree While Driving on I-95

Fatal Weather-Related Accident in Westchester County

A woman was killed on I-95 in Mount Vernon in what is being called a freak accident. According to early reports, the woman was driving on the interstate shortly after evening rush hour when her vehicle was struck by a falling tree. The 34-year-old driver was killed as a result of the impact.

At Denlea & Carton, we know that while some accidents are simply unavoidable, many car crashes are preventable. If you are injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free consultation. We will fight hard to get you the recovery you deserve.

Tragic Weather-Related Accident Claims Life

According to, the 34-year-old driver of a 2009 Toyota Prius was killed when a tree fell onto her vehicle. The tree reportedly bounced off of the Prius striking a Ford F250. The driver of the Ford was not injured as a result of the impact.

Tragically, the driver of the Prius suffered fatal injuries. The crash occurred on I-95 in Westchester County between the White Plains and Rye/Harrison exits. It is unknown what caused the tree to fall. The accident remains under investigation by the State Police.

Safety Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather

While it is unclear what led to the tree falling on the passenger vehicle in Mount Vernon, it is believed that it was a weather-related accident. Motorists are encouraged to avoid roads during any inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow, high winds, or thunderstorms.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions drivers to:

  • Drive slowly during heavy rains due to slick roads;
  • Allow plenty of stopping distance;
  • Avoid flooded roadways and areas;
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Check for local road closures; and
  • Prepare an emergency roadside kit.

In addition to heavy rain and high winds, lightning can also be extremely hazardous to motorists. If possible it is recommended that drivers pull off roadways and seek shelter during severe storms. If lightning is in the area, drivers should avoid touching anything metal and should never take shelter under a tree.

Why Denlea & Carton?

At Denlea & Carton, we have extensive experience helping car accident victims and their families obtain fair and full compensation for their injuries. We have been serving the Mount Vernon and Westchester County communities for over 35 years, having recovered in excess of $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free consultation. All case evaluations are confidential and without obligation to retain our firm. We have the experience and resources you need to get the results you deserve.

Do not settle your case for less than it is worth. Get the dedicated representation you need to get the best results possible in your case. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.


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